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Center for Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies Spring 2017 Classes

GRKST 102- The Greek American Community
CODE 51845 Tuesday 5:30-8:20 pm
Credits 3   Kiely 323
This course will study the Greek experience in America since the early 1900's. We will examine the patterns of settlement around the US, the main Greek American institutions (family, church, schools, fraternal and local associations), upward social mobility and Greek Americans in arts and culture; we will also discuss the cross-currents of assimilation and Greek identity maintenance and the effect of digital communications/social media. Special emphasis will be given to the sources of politicization of the Greek American community (e.g. the 1974 Cyprus crisis) and the role of Greek Americans in politics.
ARTH 503/742.3- Medieval Arts of Pilgrimage
CODE 15455/54029 Tuesday 6:00-7:40 pm
Credits 3   Klapper 404
Prof. Warren Woodfin
Pilgrimage was one of the major drivers of the production or architecture and other arts in the Middle Ages, commencing with the major commemorative monuments in Rome and in Jerusalem built under the patronage of Constantine the Great (r. 306-337 C.E.). This course will explore the impact of pilgrimage as a phenomenon on sites across the Mediterranean world, including the Holy Land, Constantinople, Greece, Italy and Spain. We will also look at how the arts served to propagate the holiness associated with a given site beyond its geographic confines, by means of various sorts of 'copies' of holy buildings and objects, relics and other tokens of holy places. Readings for the course will include both medieval pilgrmage accounts and critiques of pilgrimage-both from medieval writers criticizing their contemporaries and from modern scholars who discern material as well as spiritual motives beneath the burgeoning popularity of pilgrimage shrines.
GRKMD 41W- Modern Greek Literature in Translation
CODE 11471 Tues & Thurs 1:40-2:55 pm
Credits 3   Queens Hall 245G
Prof. Hadjipolycarpou
Surveys Modern Greek literature in translation from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present. The authors and their works are examined not only for their individual stylistic and thematic elements but also within the context of European literary and cultural movements. (H1T2)
GRKMD 111- Elementary Modern Greek I
CODE 11473 Tues & Thurs 10:05-11:55 am
Credits 4   Queens Hall 350F
Prof. Afentouli
Prereq.: Permission of the department. Intended for students with no previous knowledge of Modern Greek. Designed to establish correct pronunciation, to teach the elements of grammar, to enable students to understand written and spoken Greek, to become familiar with cultural aspects of Modern Greece and especially to establish a good basic vocabulary.
GRKMD 203- Intermediate Modern Greek I
CODE 11477  Tues & Thurs 12:15-1:30 pm
Credits 3   Queens Hall 350F
Prof. Afentouli
Prereq. GRKMD 112 or equivalent, or permission of the department. A continuation of GRKMD 112 with grammar review, conversation, and readings in literary and cultural materials at an intermediate level. 
GRKMD 335- Studies in Modern Greek Literature: Mediterranean Literature in a Modern Greek Context
CODE 43133 Tues & Thurs 3:10-4:25 pm
Credits 3   Queens Hall 245G
Prof. Hadjipolycarpou​
**Cross-listed as CMLIT 336-Forms of Fiction CODE 45476**
This course investigates social and political landscapes in the modern Mediterranean as they emerge in literary texts. The course engages such categories as gender, family, national identity, ethnicity, and religion to discuss Mediterranean societies in transition from empire to modernity. With a particular focus on Modern Greek literature students learn to think critically and comparatively as they read literature of Greece and other Mediterranean countries.
HIST 209- The Byzantine Empire, 324-1025
CODE 30908 Tues & Thurs 1:40-2:55 pm
Credits 3   PH 156
Prof. Warren Woodfin
This course will examine the history of the Byzantine Empire from 324, when Constantinople, the capital of the Empire was founded, to 1025, the year Emperor Basil II died. Through a combination of primary sources and secondary literature, our goal is to address and comprehend several aspects, (historical, social, artistic), of this unique political entity.

For more information please contact 
The Center for Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies 
by phone at: (718)997-4520












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